Samuel Adams Hazel Brown
By Rick Garner
Available for a limited time ~ August through October and only as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Variety 12-Pack ~ Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a dark brown, malty ale with a distinct hazelnut aroma. Its slightly sweet caramel and toffee malt notes are accentuated by a roasted hazelnut character. The beer is brewed in the Northern English Nut Brown Ale style, which is slightly more robust than Mild and Southern Brown Ales, making it the perfect brew for easing into crisp fall weather.
In honor of the fall hazelnut harvest, Hazel Brown is brewed to be a super-flavorful nut brown ale with a pleasant nutty tone and a perfect balance of malt and nut notes.
A variety of nut malts contribute to a rich brown copper color and a slightly sweet malt flavor profile. Medium in body, Samuel Adams’ Hazel Brown ~ at 5.2% ABV ~ finishes smooth with an underlying spiciness from Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops and East Kent Goldings hops.
A great choice on its own for fall, Hazel Brown pairs perfectly with traditional fall foods; the sweet malts contrast and cool smoky dishes like roasted game and the Noble hops compliment the hearty, earthier flavors in strong cheeses like sharp cheddar or bleu.
Remember, Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is available exclusively in the 2012 Harvest Collection (which also includes Samuel Adams OctoberFest, Dunkelweizen, Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Latitude 48 IPA, and Boston Lager), and only from August through October.